Exploring the Jewel of the East Coast: Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

Maryland counties will be celebrating Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week from June 3 to 11, 2023. This annual event celebrates the culture, history, and natural beauty of the nation’s largest estuary. 

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is a time to celebrate the cultures, history, and natural beauty of the nation’s largest estuary. During the week, there are a wide variety of online and in-person events, volunteer opportunities, and social media conversations for everyone to take part in to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay.

History and Purpose

In 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Commission worked with its legislative partners to formally designate nine days each June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This timing was chosen to correspond with two long-running Bay events—Clean the Bay Day in Virginia and the Patuxent River Wade-In in Maryland. Each year, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia pass official proclamations in honor of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Several local county and city governments have followed suit over the years, marking their own observance of the Bay. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to hold events, activities, and volunteer opportunities during this time to celebrate the uniqueness of the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program is honored to help coordinate and play a role in this annual event.

During Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, organizations host recreational, educational, and volunteer events across the entire watershed. If you’d like to add an event to the calendar below, please fill out this event submission form.

Celebrate on social media

Join environmental groups, community organizations, businesses, local leaders, and nature enthusiasts from across the watershed as we celebrate the event over social media.

This year, the theme of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is “Chesapeake Journeys.” Each day, The Chesapeake Bay Program will share stories about the journeys people and wildlife take within the Chesapeake region. To be a part of the movement see their social media calendar below:

  • Saturday, June 3rd: Kicking off Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

  • Sunday, June 4th: From the headwaters to the Bay

  • Monday, June 5th: Wildlife migrations

  • Tuesday, June 6th: Restoring our watershed

  • Wednesday, June 7th: Preserving special places

  • Thursday, June 8th: Journey by land

  • Friday, June 9th: Journey by water

  • Saturday, June 10: Resilience of the watershed

  • Sunday, June 11: Begin your stewardship journey

Please visit the event website for the social media toolkit, photos, and event details